Seven Ways To Radiator Style Statements


One of the things I love about colour is that it can be used to make a style statement out of an otherwise nondescript part of an interior. I was browsing Decorating Warehouse for some DIY supplies last weekend when the idea came to me that it would be fun to make a colour statement from our radiators. My partner looked at me like I was mad, after all, how often to do you leave a home thinking about how stylish the radiator was?! So I went off in search of some bright and cheerful examples and today I’ve pulled together seven examples of stylish colourful radiators that have used hue to make a style statement – aren’t they brilliant?!

Whenever I post these round ups I find it so difficult to choose a favourite and that couldn’t be truer with today’s post on these colourful radiators because they each bring something interesting to the individual spaces that they’re part of. I feel drawn to the calm and soothing appeal of the pastel shades seen in Pastel Pretty and Sweetie Shades, where gelato hues create a soft and feminine feature out of something that is normally a heavy and masculine presence in a room. (Pretty awesome that simply adding colour can have that result, isn’t it?! OK, I’m geeking out now…) At the other end of the scale we see how painting radiators in brighter shades can result in a vibrant statement feature, such as Fiery Delight and Sunshine Statement. However, if you introduce an ombre effect to such shades, such as Ombre Sunset, you are able to soften a bold colour by pairing it with cooler shades from the same colour family. How about when it comes to more traditional spaces? Well, Contrast Cool is a fine example of how you can use colour to make a style statement in a more formal setting. Introducing a cool, powder blue hue across the radiator was a clever design trick as it mirrors the colour of the cornicing, which emphasises the verticals making the room appear higher. Finally, let’s focus on Minty Fresh, a look which (at a push) might just take the rosette for being Mr. Bazaar’s favourite. Granted, this is probably down to the fact that I just can’t quit the refreshing green shade but there’s no denying that painting the radiator mint completes the office space seen above. Imagine it with an unpainted radiator: the scheme just wouldn’t work. I really like how the mint looks against the stronger red and black colours in the space; a great example of how mixing up a palette and not making everything match can having winning results. Tell me, which of the seven painted radiator examples do you like best?

* // Photography by 1 | 2 | 3, Marianne Cotterill | 4, Angus Fergusson | 5 | 6 | 7, Christopher Baker


  • Reply Amy @Five Kinds of Happy May 23, 2013 at 2:03 am

    I love them all! Espesh the fresh pink and the minty one… but secretly I still thank goodness we don’t have radiators down in this part of the world. 😉

  • Reply Centsational Girl May 23, 2013 at 4:14 am

    Fabulous roundup! I have never lived with one, but now I know if I ever do it won’t be spared the vivid paint!

  • Reply tim@designmaze May 23, 2013 at 5:13 am

    all so pretty … I will have to say my favs are pink, yellow, and mint … hehe surprise surprise!! Have fun in Norway for the shoot. So excited for you on the book!

  • Reply Polly Rowan May 23, 2013 at 8:39 am

    I love the mint colour, and the yellow looks AMAZING against that dark teal/ grey wall. Lovely.

  • Reply jo May 23, 2013 at 2:33 pm

    I really love them all but if I had to choose just one it would have to be the one painted in all those perfect sweetie shades. I could then see all my fave colours together and be happy all the times,
    Jo xxx

    ps. well with my radiator at least xx

  • Reply Alison May 23, 2013 at 3:00 pm

    Oohh I love them all too I think the minty fresh one & the pink ones are my favourite!

  • Reply Ada (new york) May 23, 2013 at 9:49 pm

    I am in LOVE (totally smitten) with the pastel pink radiator. I usually aim to camouflage radiators. Hmmm, now to find a client that would allow me to have their radiator painted in a cool color ,, one day!

  • Reply Rachie May 23, 2013 at 11:14 pm

    Love this!! I want to replace and paint all our boring white ones!

  • Reply Aileen@athomeinlove May 23, 2013 at 11:42 pm

    I just wrote a post about painted radiators a couple weeks ago! I love this look. My favorites are the pale pink and the minty green–I hadn’t seen that one before!

  • Reply susan May 24, 2013 at 2:35 am

    I love them all…and old radiators are the best (for style + functionality)!

  • Reply pygmy cloud May 24, 2013 at 6:36 pm

    LOVE IT! where is the gorgeous isometric throw from in the first picture?

  • Reply Patricia May 25, 2013 at 1:46 am

    Fiery Delight & Ombré Sunset. I could live with either. No radiators here in Fort Wortj, but I spent many a year listening to them sing in NYC.

  • Reply Jessie May 26, 2013 at 5:58 am

    Will, these radiators are gorgeous! They truly made a big design statement in all the rooms. My most favorite is no.6 with the sweet pink ombre colors.

    Have a good weekend!

    P/S: I was invited to curate for Arcadian Home recently and the sale goes live a few days ago. Don’t forget to check out my collection and let me know your thoughts! 🙂–1490_my-finds-12780


  • Reply Susan June 20, 2013 at 6:10 am

    Hi! Can you tell me where I can find the mint radiator paint? I love it!

    • Reply Will @ Bright.Bazaar June 20, 2013 at 9:27 am

      @Susan – I don’t know where that specific paint is from, sorry. You could try taking the picture to a colour matching service offered by the likes of Dulux and you should get a very close match. Good luck!

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